Food should be as fresh as possible and organically grown, if possible. Cook all food except raw dairy products, which are excellent foods and best eaten in the raw state. Humans do not seem to be capable of extracting enough minerals from raw salads or raw fruits, so I would avoid them. They are also often unclean and laden with bacteria, viruses and parasites. They are also too yin in Chinese medical terminology.
Also, do not eat most boxed, canned, frozen or otherwise prepared foods. However, some frozen peas, frozen green beans or perhaps other freshly frozen vegetables are not bad. Organic blue tortilla chips are also an excellent food, containing a much needed form of selenium and other nutrients.
Most refined foods should be completely avoided. Also avoid all wheat, all pig products such as pork, ham, bacon and lard, most or all pasteurized and homogenized cows milk dairy products, and all ‘junk’ and chemical-laden foods. Also, reduce beef, even if it is naturally raised, as it seems to be too hybridized today. Lamb, on the other hand, is an excellent meat once or twice weekly.
Cooked vegetables. Meals should be a simple matter based around several cooked, but not overcooked vegetables. Seventy to eighty percent of the diet by volume should be cooked vegetables, eaten several times daily, preferably.
Most vegetables are excellent, with the exception of the nightshade family of vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and all peppers). These are generally more yin, somewhat irritating and less healthful, though they are okay once in a while. Root vegetables are particularly good, except red beets, which contain a toxin. Golden beets are better. The root vegetables are more yang and very nutritious. Preferably eat one kind of root vegetable at least every day. Have cooked vegetables with at least two meals every day.
Meats. While vegetables may be eaten by themselves, you may add some animal quality protein such two eggs cooked soft (with the yolks runny) or some chicken, turkey, lamb or occasional beef. Try to avoid all spicy, fancy, complex meals that use many ingredients and condiments or that are deep fried, over-cooked, raw or that contain odd mixtures of foods. Simple is much easier for digestion.
Fish. This used to be a prime food source. Today all of it is toxic with mercury. Eat only small fish such as sardines, smelt, anchovies, sole and maybe one or two others. Eat small fish only, and no more than about twice weekly. The cold water fish, particularly sardines, are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids and are excellent for this reason alone. Sardines, although canned, also are a more complete food since one eats the skin, bones and spinal cord as well. I suggest everyone eat 3 or 4 cans of sardines every week.
Dairy. If you can, eat only raw dairy products. These are an excellent source of calcium, omega-3 fatty acids in some cases, and other nutrients. Pasteurized, homogenized dairy is not a good food. Avoid all “processed cheese”, “cheese food”, chocolate milk, and other junk dairy products. Do not cook cheeses, milk, cream and other dairy products.
Fruit. Although many doctors recommend it, I find that fruit is not a good food to eat today. It tends to be extremely yin in Chinese medical terminology, has much less etheric energy, has too much sugar, and its mineral content is unbalanced, in my experience. So it is best minimized. An occasional apple or berries are okay, but not needed. Also avoid all avocado and coconut products such as coconut oil and coconut water, as these are extremely yin tropical fruits. It does not matter what other benefits these foods may offer.
Nuts, seeds and beans. Though nutritious, avoid eating a lot of nuts, seeds and beans. These are all too yin, and low in etheric energy. Nuts and seeds are difficult to digest, as well. Some toasted almond butter is excellent, however, along with a little of other nut and seed butters if you wish, though they are not needed.
Dried beans such as lentils, pintos, kidney beans and many others are okay once or twice a week. They are low in etheric energy and not quite as good as animal proteins such as meats, eggs and raw dairy foods.
Other. Avoid all extreme diets such as vegetarian, raw foods, “fit for life” and others. Also avoid all pig products such as pork, ham and bacon, as they can all harbor dangerous parasite eggs, even if well-cooked. The exception, so far, is pancreatin from porcine sources. Also avoid all wheat products, as wheat has been hybridized and genetically altered so much that it is no longer wholesome in any form at all, even organically grown whole wheat. Pasta is a little better. Most bread and pastries are horrible concoctions and best avoided as well. If you want pasta, eat pasta made from rice, corn or quinoa. Occasional wheat pasta is not too bad, either.
Sweets and sugars. Avoid all sugars in any form and all sweeteners, if possible. The best sweeteners are probably stevia and xylitol unless one reacts badly to these. For children, do not give them sweets as rewards, as this sets up an improper reward system that will trouble them their entire life.
Also, avoid juicing except for 10-12 ounces daily of carrot juice and perhaps one or two ounces of wheat grass juice as an alternative. More juices are too yin and tend to upset the stomach.
Also avoid all fruit smoothies, protein powders and drinks, which are not good food combinations and often upset digestion.
Drinking water. The best drinking water for most people is spring water. The second best is usually carbon-only filtered tap water. However, avoid all fancy water filters, especially reverse osmosis and other types. Avoid all other water and beverages except mild teas, perhaps. This means no alkaline waters, no “drinking water” or “purified water”, no reverse osmosis water, or others. It also means no fruit juices, punch, wine, beer or other beverages. This is very important for proper hydration.
One cup of coffee is okay for most people, but not more, and coffee is not highly recommended as it is somewhat toxic and irritating to the digestive tract.
Do not drink much liquid with meals, but rather drink an hour after meals and up until about 15-30 minutes before each meal. Avoid drinking a lot in the evening, as it can interfere with your sleep.
Every adult needs at least 3 quarts or 3 liters of drinking water daily, while children need somewhat less. A good habit is to drink at least 32 ounces of water upon arising. This will start your day properly.